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Help Desk / Re: on using leather stamping tools
« Last post by Old Philosopher on Today at 09:42:50 PM »
Be careful not to get the leather too wet, or it won't take a lasting impression. You just want to soften the surface a bit, not get it saturated.
I have two wooden mallets. One is half the weight of the other, but both are the same size. One I believe is pine, or fir, the other is maple.  The light weight one never gets used now. The maple mallet is small with a head about 2" long, and 1 1/2" in diameter.
As was said, any hammer that's soft (e.g., rubber mallet) is not going to work right for you.
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Help Desk / Re: on using leather stamping tools
« Last post by PetrifiedWood on Today at 08:14:50 PM »
Tandy sells (or sold) granite and marble slabs for tooling. You case the leather by wiping it with a damp sponge first, then lay your tooling pattern over it and trace the lines with a stylus. Then you do your knife work first (if any), followed by stamping. If you need to take a break for a few minutes, cover the leather with cellophane so it doesn't dry out while you are away.

A rawhide or poly mallet is usually the tool of choice. Anything that won't bounce too bad and is soft enough not to mushroom the heads of the stamps.

Back in the old days they used to make their own stamps by cutting the patterns in with files.
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Help Desk / Re: on using leather stamping tools
« Last post by Unknown on Today at 07:56:52 PM »
Try direct on the floor (with corian) as a quick experiment. If you haven't burnt all your stump wood maybe you can make a suitable bench top with that- large enough diameter + tall enough, maybe a wide 2x 8,10,12 on top  :cheers:
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Help Desk / Re: on using leather stamping tools
« Last post by hayshaker on Today at 07:03:48 PM »
i'm going to have to work on that then for sure.
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Help Desk / Re: on using leather stamping tools
« Last post by Unknown on Today at 06:31:38 PM »
I think so on the solid base, or at least set up over the leg. The mallets are light >guess< 8oz.
 Solid support with no bounce
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Help Desk / Re: on using leather stamping tools
« Last post by hayshaker on Today at 06:26:18 PM »
well i am using the folding table with a corian cutting board.
should i be using a more solid base than the table?
and what should i be looking for as in regards to hammer weight and type of material?
should i be using rawhide or what?
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Help Desk / Re: on using leather stamping tools
« Last post by crashdive123 on Today at 05:51:53 PM »
I do a lot of stamping.  If you dampen (lightly with a spray bottle) your leather and use a proper backing, a light mallet is called for.  I use a rawhide mallet.  If you use something too heavy it is very easy to cut your leather while stamping.
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Help Desk / Re: on using leather stamping tools
« Last post by Unknown on Today at 05:35:44 PM »
Are you using the folding table?
 Dampened leather? The mallets sold for leather craft are usually light weight affairs. I shouldn't give much advice since I've only risked a few to the stamps.
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Help Desk / on using leather stamping tools
« Last post by hayshaker on Today at 05:07:45 PM »
I just bought a few stamping tools from hobby lobby.
the company is real leather crafts out of indiana
but thier made in china.
anyhoo i was wanting to know if the hammer you use
is all important? i'm using a rubber mallet at the moment.
it's not very heavy so does it have tobe?
cause when i smack down on the stamp it leaves a very slight impresssion
and not a more pronounced one as I would expect, what cout be going wrong in all this?
and crap these things cost ten bucks a piece.
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Country and Rural Living Skills / Re: How about a mule?
« Last post by Unknown on Today at 01:11:56 PM »
Those are great for sure. im not sure what the laws are for "exotics" here. I need to research on that. The existence of game farms and escapees in the environment makes me think - must be regulated
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